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10-man Broughty battle back to beat Saints

Broughty United 4

Sharpe 1', 16', Jagusinski 63', 78'

St Murdochs 2

Paterson 21', Johnston 43'
  • Sunday, 03 September 2017
  • Claypotts Park
  • Under 16´s
  • Maryfield League

Rory Jagusinski’s second half brace secured 10-man Broughty United their first win of the season. St Murdochs levelled the tie early in the second half before Robbie McDonald was dismissed, but the Broughty full back produced two moments of magic to win his side the match.

Broughty had been shot-shy on the opening day as they went down 2-0 in Forfar, but took just 28 seconds to open the scoring. Simon Sharpe got on the end of Callum Howe’s cut back and found the net from five yards out.

The hosts had stand-in goalkeeper Gregor Tweed to thank for keeping them ahead after 15 minutes, as he kept out a deflected effort from Steven Dell that looked to be heading for the top corner. This save proved to be even more important when Broughty broke from the resulting corner and scored their second

Sharpe again the scorer, latching onto a perfectly weighted pass and sliding the ball under the oncoming goalkeeper.

Broughty’s joy proved to be short lived, as Saints found the net five minutes later. Dell’s free kick deflected into Ben Holmes, whose shot was pushed onto the post by Tweed, but the ball fell kindly for Jack Paterson at the back post, who had the simple task of tapping in the third goal of the afternoon.

Callum Howe saw his shot kept out by Roman Robb, before Saints Owen Ruxton headed over from a matter of yards out on the stroke of half time.

  • Half Time:
  • Broughty United
  • 2-1
  • St Murdochs

St Murdochs had started sluggishly, but came flying out the traps at the start of the second half, and got their equaliser after 43 minutes. Bradley Bell was given too much time and space by the Broughty defence, and duly punished them by slotting the ball past Tweed from inside the area.

Robbie McDonald was given his marching orders three minutes later as Broughty were reduced to 10 men. The resulting free kick was met by Logan Swankie, and he was denied by a fine reflex save from Tweed.

Cameron Johnston was in one-on-one with the keeper after 56 minutes, but the Broughty man spread himself well and denied the Saints striker from close range. This was an opportunity that Saints would regret not taking, as Broughty regained the lead just after the hour mark.

Rory Jagusinski collected the ball at the edge of the penalty box, and danced his way through the defenders before slotting the ball into the net from a tight angle.

The sending off resulted in Sharpe having the thankless task of leading the line alone, and he saw his snap shot saved by Robb, before a clearance cannoned off Jagusinski and nearly looped into the net.
In the dying minutes, Broughty wrapped up the win. Jagusinski lobbed the ball over Robb from the edge of the box to end any hope Saints had of a late comeback.

This was a tough one to take for St Murdochs, who were without their top scorer from last season Lewis Knight. They created enough chances to take something from this game, but came up against an inspired goalkeeper. Their opening results have shown that they can match the top-flight team’s performance wise, and once they are back at full strength, they should start picking up the points their performances deserve.

As for Broughty, this result was all about their character. Playing uphill with a man down against a side that’s growing in confidence, many teams would have crumbled and lost the match.

Despite the odds being against them, they battled through, and after they rode the initial wave of pressure, looked comfortable. Stand-in goalkeeper Gregor Tweed made several excellent saves at important times, while at the other end of the pitch, Simon Sharpe relieved pressure on the defence, and got a well-earned brace. Although, this was a match in which every player in a Broughty shirt (and a yellow bib) deserves praise for their attitude.

If they can perform to this level consistently throughout the season, then they will cause every team problems and might just have a say in who is lifting silverware at the end of the campaign.

  • Full Time:
  • Broughty United
  • 4-2
  • St Murdochs

Lineups

Broughty United
St Murdochs
1. Gregor Tweed
2. Harry Eaton
3. Kyle Cox
4. Jamie Ross
5. Jack Mitchell
7. Callum Howe
8. Jack Gordon
9. Simon Sharpe
10. Robbie McDonald
11. Conor Fyffe
12. Robbie Johnson
14. Kieran Bannon
15. Rory Jagusinski
17. Kieran Webb
1. Roman Robb
2. Jack Paterson
3. Reece Freeburn
4. Owen Ruxton
5. Findlay Fullerton
8. Steven Dell
10. Lewis Tough
12. Cameron Johnston
14. Ben Holmes
15. Kieran Sharp
17. Bradley Bell
20. Logan Swankie
22. Adrian Macdonald
23. Ben Rodger
Star Player
Broughty United
St Murdochs
Simon Sharpe - Sharpe got his side off to the perfect start, and his work rate set the tone for most of the first half. In the second period, he had a thankless task to do, but still managed to bring others into play and be a goal threat himself. He should be looking to smash the 13 goals he scored last year, and on today's showing, he'll be doing that in no time. (I flipped a coin to make this decision because I couldn't pick between Simon and Gregor Tweed).
Logan Swankie - Swankie was introduced midway through the first half, and provided the focal point that Saints were sorely missing. On another day, he may have had a goal to show for his efforts, but he will be an important player for Saints this season.
Magic Moment
Broughty United
St Murdochs
Jagusinski's Second - A fantastic effort that sealed the win for Broughty. A difficult technique made to look easy by a top class player.
Bell's Goal - Showed really good composure to bring his side level when they were on top.
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Last modified on Tuesday, 05 September 2017 11:15
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